IN MEMORIAM: Hazelyn McComas

This week we mourn the passing of Hazelyn McComas, a passionate supporter of Neighborhood House. Executive Director Richard Cox reflects on her legacy.

When I joined Neighborhood House in 2008, one of the first people Interim Executive Director Don Shane introduced me to was Hazelyn McComas. As we visited, I quickly understood the wisdom of his choice. Hazelyn has been one of Neighborhood House’s staunchest supporters for decades including a term as President of the NH Board of Directors. She had a passionate belief in our mission and an eloquent voice as champion for the families we serve.

Hazelyn McComas was also a gracious woman of strong faith. It was reflected in her personal presence, and in the many ways she worked for the well-being of our community. The last time I visited with Hazelyn we lunched at her home – St. John’s on the Lake. Our meeting was prompted by a gentle reminder from Hazelyn that it had been awhile since we had visited. In my eagerness to meet with Hazelyn, I arrived at St. John’s about 15 minutes early for lunch one afternoon. Well, in my haste to see Hazelyn, I had come a day early. No problem, Hazelyn was as gracious as ever and we had a wonderful lunch.

Hazelyn McComas passed away on Monday, January 13th, 2014. We share her family’s sentiments and “mourn her loss but celebrate her return to the source of love and light.” Neighborhood House has gained another guardian angel.

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